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Encyclopedia > Royal Horse Guards

The Royal Horse Guards (RHG) was a Household Cavalry regiment of the British Army. Originally founded in 1650 by Oliver Cromwell as the Regiment of Cuirassiers, the regiment later became the Earl of Oxford's Regiment during the reign of King Charles II. As the regiment's uniform was blue in colour at the time, it was nicknamed "the Oxford Blues"; hence the Royal Horse Guards was also nicknamed the "Blues." The RHG was amalgamated with the Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons) to form the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) in 1969. The term Household Cavalry is used across the Commonwealth of Nations to describe the cavalry of the Household Divisions. ... A regiment is a military unit, larger than a company and smaller than a division. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British military. ... Events June 23 - Claimant King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland arrives in Scotland, the only of the three Kingdoms that has accepted him as ruler. ... Unfinished portrait miniature of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper, 1657. ... The name Charles II is used to refer to numerous persons in history: Kings: Charles the Fat (also known as Charles II of France and Charles III of the Holy Roman Empire) Charles II of England Charles II of Naples Charles II of Navarre Charles II of Romania Charles II... The Blues and Royals are a British Army armoured regiment and are part of the Household Cavalry. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


In 1660 at the restoration of King Charles II, 80 Horse Guards formed a mounted guard for the king, and they became the Life Guards, who wear red tunics as opposed to the Blues and Royals' blue tunics. Eventually these regiments amalgamated to form the Household cavalry Mounted Regiment, who still have the honour of providing a ceremonial mounted guard for the monarch, as well as providing armoured combat recconaisance in Scimitar combat vehicles The Life Guards is the senior regiment of the British Army. ...


There was also a titular regiment, the Horse Guards, which actually consisted of several independent troops: see Horse Guards Regiment. The Governor General's Horse Guards are the Household Cavalry in Canada, and part of the Commonwealth of Nations Household Division. The Horse Guards Regiment was a regiment only in name: it actually consisted of several independent troops. ... The Governor Generals Horse Guards is an armoured militia (i. ... Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations The Commonwealth of Nations is an association of independent sovereign states, most of which are former colonies once governed by the United Kingdom as part of the British Empire. ... Household Division is term used principally in the Commonwealth of Nations to describe a country’s most elite or historically senior military groupings, or those military groupings that provide functions associated directly with the sovereign. ...


 
 

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